Martellus Bennett Will Most Likely Leave
The New York Giants have stated so far this off-season that they would like to keep TE Martellus Bennett, hopefully reaching a deal with the tight end. However, as time goes on, Bennett is now starting to believe that isn’t going to happen.
The Giants have made OL Will Beatty a priority and there is a verbal agreement between the two parties on a new five-year deal. The Giants are obviously making WR Victor Cruz a priority as well. Cruz’s asking price remains high, so there has been a stalemate in negotiations. Bennett doesn’t think the Giants will worry about him until they have the other players taken care of first.
He expressed his disappointment and frustration in a series of tweets. The Giants may not be able to retain Bennett at a price they feel is reasonable, so it’s interesting to see where this goes. Bennett has expressed a desire to join forces with his brother Michael Bennett, who starts at defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Bennett has enjoyed his stay with the Giants, putting up career numbers in his first season once given a chance to play. Bennett was drafted by the rival Dallas Cowboys out of Texas A&M. However, he was stuck behind TE Jason Witten and he got a safe one-year deal with the Giants last off-season to prove himself.
He had the most catches as a tight end for the Giants since TE Jeremy Shockey. Bennett was valuable in the red zone, catching five touchdown passes. It would be better for Bennett’s career to stay with QB Eli Manning and continue to produce. Teaming up with QB Josh Freeman of the Buccaneers can be dangerous, especially how none of his receivers have produced in their careers except WR Vincent Jackson.
Bennett has to exhibit patience. This is a business and he knows this. He needs to negotiate with the Giants, stick around and continue to be productive.